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Dear Rebecca: In Which I Answer Your Burning, Yearning Questions

I am constantly besieged by questions from readers such as yourself. Questions you’re not comfortable with asking me directly, so you type them into a search engine, and then, while looking over your search results, you click on my blog to find the answer! Well, answers you shall have!

who is the patron saint of indecisiveness?StM

This is the most common question I come across, and the answer is easy: there isn’t one. It’s just a clever name for my blog based on someone making a snarky remark about what a bad Catholic I am. Leave indecisiveness behind and make a firm resolution to follow Christ!

I’d also like to throw in, just as a bonus, a little word of affirmation. It’s not just you, it’s really hard to spell the word “indecisiveness!” In fact, that’s probably the number one reason I’m constantly wanting to change the name of my blog. I just can’t decide on a new name.

who is the patron saint of grave diggers?

I certainly hope you’re asking that question as a matter of professional curiosity!

The answer is absolutely fascinating! The first response I got was St. Anthony the Abbot–who was he? That’s a much better question! He was a hermit, who upon hearing the gospel message to give away what we have and follow Christ,  walked out the door of the church and into the unknown to live a life of prayer and fasting, giving away everything he had. St. Anthony wasn’t mere middle class, oh no, he was quite wealthy.

Whenever St. Anthony would learn of someone who was holy, he would travel to see them so that he could imitate their holiness and become closer to God.

Giving up everything wasn’t easy. There were many temptations and struggles, but God spoke to St. Anthony and told him because he persevered that He would protect him forever. At this time, St. Anthony was living in a tomb, so I suppose that’s where the grave digger thing comes from.

Many who came to see St. Anthony were healed, so naturally, more and more people came to see him. Fearing that he would become prideful, St. Anthony fled to the desert, where he was cared for by Saracens until his friends inevitably caught up with him again. He lived to be 105 and is the patron of basket makers, skin diseases, brush makers and gravediggers.

saint michael the arc angle birth and death date?

St. Michael the Archangel is, and has ever been an angel. While he was certainly created at some point, and may someday cease to exist, these moments would not fall within the confines of our modern calendar. I think perhaps you are laboring under the misconception that when we die, we become angels. This is simply not true. Angels and humans are two completely different types of beings and cannot transform into each other. That would be comparable to a dog becoming a cat or a  shrub becoming a rose bush. Your question, however, does give me another opportunity to extol the virtues of saying the St. Michael prayer.

after been gluten free for a week my arm started going numb?

Go to the doctor! ASAP!

cat dressed as pope

Certainly!

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doesn’t mea culpa mean?

Mea culpa literally means “my fault.” It is part of one of the forms of the Penitential Rite during Mass (it’s not used very frequently, unfortunately) and the full text is:

Confíteor Deo omnipoténti et vobis, fratres,quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo, ópere et omissióne:mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa.Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem,omnes Angelos et Sanctos, et vos, fratres,oráre pro me ad Dóminum Deum nostrum.

Which translates to:

I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters,that I have greatly sinned,in my thoughts and in my words,in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,through my fault, through my fault,through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,all the Angels and Saints,and you, my brothers and sisters,to pray for me to the Lord our God.

is mazzio’s gluten free pizza safe?

Since it is prepared in a kitchen where products containing gluten are also prepared, it is not considered safe for those with severe reactions to gluten. I would imagine flour flies around and gets on everything so there you go. However, for those who can tolerate trace amounts of gluten, it is absolutely delicious! You may be tempted to eat the whole pizza, so no, it’s not safe at all!

what does repatronizing mean?

I don’t think it means anything–I’m pretty sure I made it up!

what saints practiced temperance?

I’m pretty sure the best answer to that is “all of them.” However, I did find a lovely gem of a prayer for temperance.

too much spinach soup?070

I only include this one because it has been asked FIVE BLOODY TIMES!!!!

Eating too much spinach can cause you to have iron absorption problems, kidney stones, or other digestive problems. You should have green vegetables every day, but it is important to have different vegetables so that you don’t have issues with mineral buildup. Variety is important to a balanced diet.

is st.clare a patron of something or someone?

Yeeeees…For one thing she’s the patron of television, so ask for her aid when you’re searching for wholesome programming on Netflix. St Clare spent an awful lot of time on her sick bed, and when she was too ill to go to Mass, she would see the mass projected on the wall of her chamber.  Though it sounds far fetched, Clare was able to confirm what people were wearing, where they were standing, who was present and other details that she would not have been able to know otherwise. She’s also the patron of eye disease, goldsmiths, laundry,embroiderers, gilders, good weather, needleworkers, Santa Clara Pueblo, telephones, and telegraphs.

Goldsmiths? The Clares are impoverished! Where did that come from?!?!?!

Those crazy patron saints!

imposter pope francis genuflect?

What?

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Holy Week Treasure Map

 

 

 

I don’t know who came up with this, but I found it over on Why I am Catholic (after I figured out what a “yim Catholic” was) on Patheos and thought it was delightfully worth sharing! Happy Holy Week!

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Accepting Charity

It can be difficult to ask for help. Sometimes you’re just too determined to make it on your own, too prideful. I’ve been there. I remember my roach motel, a little rental house I lived in for almost 2 years. The kitchen countertops were little more than plywood, which I covered with contact paper to look like actual countertops. How bad were the cockroaches? I remember scooping out cat food one day and finding the bag full of roaches. I bug bombed the place a few times and finally got them down to a minimum. There was no central heat or air, the stove didn’t work, the fridge barely worked, and the place was so drafty, the only time I ever felt warm in the winter was when I was in bed under the electric blanket. It was the most horrible place I ever lived. But I could afford it on the minimum wage jobs I worked and I didn’t want to ask my Dad for help. I survived. Barely. As bad as it was, I wasn’t ashamed of it, and I’m still not. I was able to make it on my own. Even though I could have found a much nicer apartment for not much more money, I was too proud to ask for the money I would need for deposits and moving expenses. I probably would have been much better off if I had.

There’s another thing that can keep us from asking for help: accountability. A few years ago, Scott quit his job so he could go to welding school. He was looking for part time work, but he was unemployed for almost 6 months. During that time, his parents paid our rent for us. I hated it. I felt like we should be able to strip our spending down enough to pay our own way, or at least half, or something! I felt horrible about every penny I spent. If I didn’t have time to make coffee before work, I didn’t dare stop on the way and buy a cup, because then I would have to answer for my wastefulness. Once a week, after Mass, we would go out to eat with Scott’s brother. It was only $20, but I felt so horrible about it. I felt like I had to ask Scott’s parents’ permission to spend money because of what they were giving us.

But is that what they wanted? Did they feel like paying the rent gave them the license to control us? And at the end of the day, would they care if we ate out once a week so we could spend time with Scott’s brother, their own child? If they wanted us to sit at home drinking nothing but water and eating nothing but ramen, they wouldn’t have offered to help us out! But that’s one more reason not to ask for help: I don’t want to feel accountable to you for every dollar I spend!

I resented every dollar that was given to us, when I should have welcomed it with an open and grateful heart. And I will confess that I’ve been on the other end of things and criticized someone’s spending because if I was going to help them, they better listen to me! That’s no way to give or receive. Money tends to make us all a little crazy, doesn’t it?

So, when Jennifer Fulwiler declined all offers of financial help after being hospitalized with pulmonary embolisms, I understood how difficult it can be. It is human nature to want to be independent. Divine nature, however, teaches us how dependent we truly are, on God and on each other. So, it was only appropriate that Hallie started a collection for the Fulwilers anyway. Jennifer’s blood thinners are now up to $4,000 per month. That’s more than we make in a month in this house! But if Jennifer has inspired you through her conversion and you have a dollar or two to spare, here is the link to donate. If not, please continue to offer prayers!

Bear ye one another’s burdens; and so you shall fulfill the law of Christ. –Galatians 6:2

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Daily Mass Readings and Prayers

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My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

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40 Days for Life

I just wanted to correct my horrifying error in my 7 Quick Takes post. 40 Days for Life starts Wednesday, not today. I thought that was odd. There are so many things you can do to get involved. I’ll be posting some ideas and prayers throughout the campaign. Let me know what your ideas are!

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